Political Posters

The “All Of Us Or None” (AOUON) archive project was started by Free Speech Movement activist Michael Rossman in 1977 to gather and document posters of modern progressive movements in the United States. Though some early works are included, its focus is on the domestic political poster renaissance that began in 1965 and continues to this day. When Rossman died May 12, 2008 his family donated the collection to the Oakland Museum of California. More …

The Archive gathered posters from all streams of progressive activity — from movements of protest, liberation, and affirmative action, trade union and community struggles, to electoral and environmental organizing, community services, and visionary manifestos. It is strongest in work from the San Francisco Bay Area, but its scope is national: approximately one-quarter of its holdings come from out of state, primarily New York City, Boston, Chicago, and Washington, D.C. These are complemented by a representation of international work. The collection consists of approximately 24,500 distinct titles.

The collection includes examples from well-known graphic artists including Malaquías Montoya, Emory Douglas, Rachael Romero, Rupert Garcia, Yolanda Lopez, Favianna Rodriguez, Carlos Cortez, Nancy Hom, Juan Fuentes, and Jos Sances, as well as material from seminal collective workshops such as La Raza Silkscreen, the Royal Chicano Air Force, Japantown Art and Media, Kearny Street Workshop, and Inkworks Press. Perhaps more important, the depth and breadth of the collection reveals the contribution of numerous lesser known or even anonymous artists whose cumulative impact on this democratic public art form has yet to be properly understood. 

The cataloging of the AOUON Archive was made possible by a generous grant from the Stephen M. Silberstein Foundation.

 

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1967

Poster has a gold colored background with red text and images. Around the edges are red swirl borders and zodiac symbols. The bottom center has a pyramid and a male figure with wings. The center...

1967

Poster has a blue border with a yellow background. In the center are three large red flowers with blue text on each petal. Around the flowers are blue fern leaves and small red and blue flowers....

1967

Poster has a turquoise background with a drawing of a woman with long purple and turquoise hair in the center. The woman is holding mistletoe and a peace symbol ornament under pine branches. The...

1967

Poster has black drawing at the top of Golden Gate Park. The drawing depicts rows of trees with park benches interspersed in them. Below the drawing is "Golden Gate Park Beth van hoesen" in black...

c. 1967

Poster has a red border around a center image and red, green and yellow lettering. In the center is a drawing of Baroque dancers in red and green. The poster reads, "Synanon Street Scence/ Lombard...

1967

Poster has a photograph in brown of protestors and police in riot gear holding signs. On the left of the poster is a large black border with seven brown photographs of men. Printed over the large...

1967

Yellow poster paper with red and blue images in the middle. The center background is a collage of red images of Vietnamese people after they were bombed with napalm. Some images have U.S....

1966

Small poster that has a center drawing of a woman. She has swirl designs all over her body, long fingernails, blue bra with fringe, and a blue skirt with fringe. The poster reads, "The Better...

c. 1967

Poster has a black and white photograph of a man standing in front of an opening. The man is standing in the lighted area from the opening with his face in shadow. Seen through the door opening is...

1967

Poster has a border of orange and white. Poster depicts what appears to be a star or constellation chart, with a drawing of a male figure, a bird, and a dog or wolf. The male figure is depicted in...

1967

Small poster with a green background and black text. Poster reads from top to bottom, "The Young Men's Social Club/ Presents/ Cultural and Social Liberation/ for/ Afro-American Nationalists/ Tue....

untitled (Bobby Hutton and Bobby Seale)
Late 20th Early 21st Century

Poster has black ink printed on white paper with a photo of armed men in a building. The caption to the bottom left of the images reads "Li''l Bobby Hutton and Bobby Seale storming the California...

Untitled
1967

Poster has a black illustration on white paper of H. Rap Brown''s face. Centered at the bottomis "H. ''Rapp'' Brown".

H. Rap Brown
1967

Poster has a black illustration printed on white paper showing H. Rap Brown, with the name printed at the bottom left.

Liberation of Our People
1967

Poster has white unprinted edges enclosing a green and blue background with black text reading "No Civil Rights Workers Will Be Shot / No Crosses Will Burn / A-Beta / Presents / Liberation / of...

untitled (figure and hand)
1967

Poster has a black and white photo of a figure wearing a hood with a hand up, palm forward, at the bottom left.

Fight Racial Discrimination and Violent Repression!
Late 20th Early 21st Century

Poster printed on white paper. At the right is a stylized red, black, brown, yellow and white image of protestors with a quote by Mao Tse-Tung at the top - "The Evil System Of Colonialism And...

The Love-Ins
1967

Poster printed on white paper with a pale blue border. At the top left is "The / Hippies And / Diggers / Are Here!" in blue. At the top center is a multicolor image of the backs of two figures...

Jefferson Airplane
1967

Poster has a background printed like brown wood boards. At the top is a stylized image of a crude airplane with "Jefferson / Airplane" above and below in red. At the top right are yellow...

untitled (Allen Ginsberg in hat)
1967

Poster has a black and white photo of Allen Ginsberg, wearing a stars and stripes top hat.

Joint Show
1967

Poster has pink edges enclosing a black background with a stylized image of a seated woman with yellow hair holding a ball with "Joint Show" in pink and blue in her left hand. In the woman''s body...

untitled (The Beatles)
1967

Poster has a black and white photo of the Beatles printed on a green background.

Job
1967

Poster has a multicolor, stylized image of a woman with long black hair fastened with a flower smoking. At the top is "Job".

untitled (plant)
1967

Poster printed on browning paper, with a green and blue illustration of plants.

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